William Christiansen

Department Chair of Finance, BB&T Associate Professor of Finance, Director of the BB&T Center for Free Enterprise, and MBA Program Director
William Christiansen
311 RBA
Academic Specialty
Financial Institutions & Markets and Monetary Policy

Ph.D. Finance and Economics, University of Utah
M.S. Economics and Business, Brigham Young University
B.A. Economics and Asian Studies, Brigham Young University

Areas of Expertise

Macroeconomic Policy Issues
Bank Management

Dr. William. A. Christiansen is the Finance Department Chair. He oversees the operation of the largest major in the College of Business and at Florida State University (finance). He also serves as the Director of the BB&T Center for Free Enterprise and the MBA Program Director.

He earned his B.A. in Economics and Asian Studies at Brigham Young University, his M.S. in Economics and Business at Brigham Young University, and his Ph.D. in Economics and Finance at the University of Utah with emphasis on Financial Institutions and Markets.

Christiansen has served as the Chair of the Finance Department since 2005. During his tenure as chairman, the department has raised funds for two research centers, an academic and corporate speaker series, a student investment fund, a trading room, and an annual conference. In addition, under his direction, the department has started a new Master of Science in Finance Program and has revised the Doctoral Program in Finance. Prior to becoming the Chair of the Department, he was the Ph.D. Program Coordinator in Finance for 12 years. He has also served on numerous committees and performed many special assignments in academics, industry, and government.

Christiansen has published articles in the areas of Bank Asset and Liability Management, Bank Regulatory Policy, Pension Fund Management, Bank Runs and Failures, Macroeconomic Policy Issues, and various economic performance issues. He also has been a consultant, a speaker, and an instructor in executive programs to various associations, companies, and universities in the areas of Global, U.S., and Asian Economic Performance, the Economics of Education, the Florida Economy, Monetary Policy, and Commercial Banking Issues. He made over 30 presentations in 2012.

Christiansen has taught a variety of courses at Florida State University, including a doctoral seminar in financial institutions, MBA courses in business conditions analysis and economic policy, and undergraduate courses in financial institutions and markets, commercial banking, and special topics in finance and economics. He was honored with the 2008 Florida State University Distinguished Teacher Award, the first time a faculty member in the College of Business had been given this prestigious teaching award. In addition, he has been awarded the MBA Professor of the Year Award seven times, the University Teaching Award three times, the Florida State University Guardian of the Flame Award in 2008, and the Christopher C. Campbell Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

  William Christiansen's Faculty Spotlight Interview

Selected Published Research

Dr. Christiansen has published articles in the Journal of Bank Regulation, Journal of Insurance Regulation, Journal of Real Estate Research. Appraisal Journal, Financial Review, Issues in Bank Regulation, and various practioneer journals.

Honors and Awards
  • College of Business Distinguished Teacher Award, 2018
  • College of Business Core Values Award, 2016
  • University Graduate Teaching Award, 2014
  • Florida State University Distinguished Teacher Award, 2008
  • Florida State University Guardian of the Flame Award, 2008
  • Christopher C. Campbell Distinguished Alumni Award
  • MBA Professor of the Year (seven times)
Interesting Facts

Dr. Christiansen enjoys all kinds of sports activities. He is a big fan of the Seminoles, San Francisco Giants, and 49ers.